Finally, the media establishment is starting to wake up to the batshit crazy ways of the BIAW. Well, at least the Seattle P-I’s editorial board is starting to wake up, if only to rub a little sleep out of their eyes…
The Building Industry Association of Washington is influential. It’s also looking bizarre.
In the group’s March newsletter (no April Fool’s prank; area blogs started picking it up last week), there’s a full-page piece headlined: “Hitler’s Nazi party: They were eco extremists.” The writer makes a concession mid-ramble that Nazis were insanely racist but hurries to say that global environmentalism is “an amalgam of Nazism and communism.” Sure.
Elsewhere, BIAW President Brad Spears tries to draw a supposedly natural tie between mainstream environmentalists and eco-terrorism, especially home burning. “The older folks in the mainstream enviro groups,” he writes, “silently applaud this new and novel approach: If you build it, we will burn it.” Wow.
The newsletter is led by a piece hailing Democrats’ defeat of a “builder-hating bill,” on consumer protections to homebuyers. But sprinkled throughout the issue are adoring references to Republican Dino Rossi’s gubernatorial race. So maybe this hot talk is to gin up Rossi support. As readers learn, Gov. Chris Gregoire is possessed of “hate for the homebuilding industry.” There may be hate around, but the BIAW’s finger is pointed the wrong way.
The BIAW is “bizarre”…? Yeah, I guess. But that’s an awfully timid way to describe the BIAW’s unique brand of far-right extremist wing-nuttery hate-mongering. But at least that’s better than the Seattle Times, whose last mention of the BIAW was in a piece on the upcoming judicial races, and as usual, made them out to sound downright respectable:
Tom McCabe, head of the politically active Building Industry Association of Washington, said his organization considers the court races a high priority, right below the governor’s race. He said his group likely will be active in one or more court races, using public disclosure and property rights as two main issues.
“We’re really interested in the court, and the field is still shaking out,” he said. “If the right candidate emerges, I believe BIAW will participate, most likely in the Fairhurst seat.”
Yeah, sure… the BIAW is “politically active” and they “participate” in the process. And… um… they’re also fucking insane! In fact, they’re so insane that they have absolutely no fear of showing off their insanity in public. And yet our media and political establishment continue to grant them the same credibility normally afforded… you know… sane people. I mean really… the Times once saw fit to write an editorial condemning me for “successfully plac[ing] the phrase ‘horse’s ass’ into dozens of family newspapers” (as if I held a fucking gun to their heads), and yet the BIAW, one of the most powerful and influential “politically active” organizations in the state, equates environmentalism to Nazism, and stormwater regulations to Stalinist butchery… and all we hear are crickets chirping. Nice to know our state’s self-proclaimed paper of record recognizes the real threat to reasoned public discourse when they see it.
And believe you me, the BIAW’s violent rhetoric is intended as a threat, and they fully understand the potential consequences of pumping up the anger. One of these days somebody like me is going to get the shit beaten out them by somebody like them — they’ll be waiting for me late at night with baseball bats, or worse — and when that happens our media elite, who allowed the BIAW’s dangerous rhetoric to go unridiculed, unchallenged and unchecked for so long, will be just as culpable as batshit crazy bastards like Tom McCabe and Mark Musser.
As for elected officials like
Rep. Mark Ericks (D-Bothell) Rep. Doug Ericksen (R-Whatcom), whose smiling photo from a BIAW awards banquet appears in the same issue as that crazed, hate-filled anti-environmentalism rant, it is either time for them to renounce the BIAW… or it is time for voters to renounce these officials at the polls, regardless of party.
A reader corrects me via email:
A quick correction for you, though – the photo in the newsletter is Rep Doug Ericksen (R-Whatcom), not Rep Mark Ericks (D-Bothell). Although Rep Ericks was mentioned several times throughout the newsletter re: homebuilder bill.
My bad. Though I think Rep. Ericks has an obligation to renounce the BIAW as well.